By India Today Sports Desk: Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has claimed that CSK skipper MS Dhoni trusted Ravindra Jadeja to do the job in the IPL 2023 final against GT on Monday.
Jadeja has had a brilliant season with the ball in IPL 2023 as he has picked up a career-high 20 wickets in the competition. However, his contributions with the bat haven’t been very high, given CSK’s firepower up top.
However, the 34-year-old did make some important cameos throughout the season and the best was saved for the final. Jadeja hit Mohit Sharma for a six and a boundary in the last two balls of the match on Monday to win the IPL title for CSK.
Speaking on Cricinfo, Manjrekar said that the all-rounder came into the season with peace and seemed very happy. The former cricketer then said that Dhoni kept trusting Jadeja to deliver for him, despite having the likes of Moeen Ali in the lineup.
Manjrekar also said that the relationship Jadeja has with Dhoni has taken him into a higher level of cricket.
“I don’t think when he came into the season there was anything simmering. He was at peace and it seemed like everything was sorted. He was very happy. It wasn’t like he was trying to prove a point. Again, I know it’s a cliche thing to say but, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s trust in Jadeja. I think a lot of people think, Moeen Ali, better range. Why don’t they send Moeen Ali ahead?”
“But he kept trusting Jadeja, with batters, left-handers, right-handers, and today when he had the option of sending somebody else, he trusted Jadeja to do it. You can see the camaraderie as well. When they got the wicket of Shubman Gill, the little moment they had together. I think they have established a nice relationship and that has taken Jadeja to an already higher level of cricket,” said Manjrekar.